Effects of ticagrelor pretreatment on electrophysiological properties of stellate ganglion neurons following myocardial infarction

Lijun Cheng, Huaying Fu, Xinghua Wang, Lan Ye, Ishan Lakhani, Gary Tse, Zhiwei Zhang, Tong Liu, Guangping Li

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Higher sympathetic activity predisposes to malignant ventricular arrhythmias in the context of myocardial infarction (MI). This is, in part, mediated by the electrical activity of the stellate ganglion (SG). The aim of this study is to examine the effects of ticagrelor pretreatment on the electrophysiological properties of SG neurons following MI in rabbits. MI was induced by isoproterenol (ISO) of 150 mg kg-1 d-1 (twice at an interval of 24 hours). Ticagrelor pretreatment was administered at low- (10 mg kg-1 d-1) or high-dose (20 mg kg-1 d-1). Protein and RNA expression were determined by immunohistochemical analysis and real-time PCR, respectively. The activity of sodium channel current (INa), delayed rectifier potassium current (IKDR), M-type potassium current (IKM) as well as action potentials (APs) from SG neurons were measured by whole-cell patch-clamp. Intracellular calcium concentrations were measured by confocal microscopy. Compared with the control group, the MI group exhibited a greater amplitude of INa, IKDR and IKM, significantly altered activation and inactivation characteristics of INa, no significant alterations in protein or mRNA expression of sodium and M-type potassium channels, along with higher AP amplitude and frequency and intracellular calcium concentrations. Most of these abnormalities were prevented by pretreatment with low- or high-dose ticagrelor. Our data suggest that ticagrelor exerts cardioprotective effects, potentially through modulating the activity of different ion channels in SG neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1932-1942
Number of pages11
JournalClinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • action potential
  • myocardial infarction
  • potassium channel
  • sodium channel
  • stellate ganglion
  • ticagrelor


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